I’m proud to embody different versions of what it means to be me. Throughout my adult life I have blossomed professionally, creatively, gained confidence in the workplace.
But I can’t celebrate ‘me’ without mentioning my more domesticated side. I take pride in my love for homemaking just as much as I take pride in my career journey.
I value my professional milestones or creative ways to generate money, the same way I value the smooth running of my household.
I love my current office job, but I also love that I get to be a project manager at home when I plan our days, my kids’ packed lunch menus or put in place a cleaning routine.
It takes a certain level of organisation to run a household. Whether it’s just two of you, or six of you… There will always be chores to be done, food to be cooked, clothes to be washed, things to be cleaned. This takes discipline, patience, skill and attention to detail. Qualities that are valuable in today’s society, whichever way you look at it.
From cooking nutritious meals for your family, to ensuring your children’s wellbeing and good health, your input matters. It matters just as much as getting that promotion at work, or chairing that team meeting.
Those little things you do around your house to make it a home. The touches you add to create a pleasant, healthy environment… They are just as important as the work you’re required to do within a professional setting.
I can make a pretty decent roast, just as I can write a good blog post. And my dish washing skills are just as valuable to me as my photography skills!
And even on days when I can’t be bothered to do anything (and this happens a lot!), I’m a problem-solver who will find alternatives, get help or delegate. And we’ve got a pretty good team here at home!
As long as I feel supported and appreciated, I will never reject the notion that I’m a housewife before I am a career woman. This is an all-round version of myself I fully embrace.